Comic(s) Relief: The Eleventh Doctor Visits A Theme Park From Hell

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WhoCovWe’re quite enjoying Peter Capaldi as the cranky Twelfth Doctor, but I know there are a lot of Eleventh Doctor fans out there still in mourning. Thankfully, Doctor Who has long since expanded to encompass pretty much any form of media you can think of. Even the Eighth Doctor, whose on-screen appearances were limited to one TV movie and an awesome surprise webisode, has had countless other adventures in the form of books and comics and audio dramas and so forth. So, if you’re missing Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor, you’ll want to check out Titan Publishing’s Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor comic series, which has new stories and even a new companion!

The all-new adventures of the eleventh Doctor continue, as terror strikes a recession-hit paradise!

When the Doctor last visited Rokhandi, it was a planet of such stunning natural beauty that an entire solar system had sworn to preserve it. What better place to take new companion Alice Obiefune on her first off-world adventure? And it would have been a magical vacation — if the TARDIS hadn’t overshot by fifty years.

Now the austerity-hit pleasure planet has become a ‘theme safari’ corporate hell, overrun by eerie, giant-headed mascots and a trillion tramping tourist feet! But there’s something more sinister at play than rampant commercialism and ecological devastation — and the Doctor and Alice need to uncover all of Rokhandi’s long-buried secrets if they’re to escape with their lives!


Godzilla’s Honest Trailer Stares Into The Gaping Maw Of Mediocrity

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We loved this summer’s Godzilla, like a lot, but we’re not so bold to proclaim that it is a great movie in many regards. Hell, in some (read anything having to do with a human) it’s downright terrible. Still, there’s something about seeing a skyscraper tall monster stomp through a major metropolis that just makes our heart soar every time. That said, the folks over at Screen Junkies are back with their “Honest Trailers,” taking the piss out of Gareth Edwards’ resurrection of the King of the Monsters.

If you’re familiar with the Honest Trailer phenomenon at all, they you know exactly what to expect. Though they do make some good points, this is really just pointing at the most obvious flaws and saying “really?” It can be fun, but as with most of these videos, at least for me, it overstays its welcome. The best installments are when they’re actually clever, but in this case, the problems are so glaring and readily apparent to anyone with eyes that this is nothing particularly special.


Doctor Who’s Jenna Coleman Has A Few Words To Say About Her Possible Departure

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jenna-colemanThe Doctor certainly goes through travelling companions with a startling regularity. It makes sense, when you’re life consists of adventures through space and time, you’re obviously going to run into some dangerous situations, and some make their exit that way. Not to mention that this is an incredibly stressful way to live, so even if they don’t kick the bucket, it’s easy to see why they might opt to return to their boring, humdrum human lives. Last month we heard that the Time Lord’s latest compatriot, Jenna Coleman’s Clara, could be leaving Doctor Who, and, as it turns out, she’s got something to say on the matter.

Reports circulated that Clara could make her final farewell after the Christmas special later this year, smack in the middle of the freshly minted season 8. While that would suck, it doesn’t sound that far out of the realm of possibility. The specials are known for holding key moments in the franchise, and that would certainly be a noteworthy occurrence. And though it feels like she just got here (the sporadic nature of the show can feel like that sometimes), by that point she’ll have been a passenger in the TARDIS for two years, which isn’t a bad run.


Book Review: The Passage Is An Addictive And Unusual Take On Vampires

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The PassageI have a soft spot for vampire stories. As a matter of fact, Buffy (along with Ray Bradbury) was my roundabout way into science fiction. I used to think all that stuff was silly and generally inferior storytelling, but when an illness kept me on the couch for a day, I watched a Buffy marathon and revised my opinion about compelling storytelling. Buffy, The Lost Boys, and Anne Rice novels put a unique, but effective, spin on Dracula and Nosferatu, but at a certain point the vampire concept became a cliché. True Blood I can stomach, but the whole Twilight thing made me think I was done with vampires for good. Justin Cronin’s The Passage , however, changed my mind on that front.

I’m not going to lie, this book is long, coming in at just under 800 pages. At that length, readers will either give up after five pages or count their lucky stars that they get to remain in the story for such a long time, and I’m in the second camp. The beginning is a little bit slow, laying the foundation for the vampire apocalypse that seizes the world. As a reader, you don’t know how these pieces will add up, or why precisely they’re relevant, so the beginning requires a little bit of faith, but luckily it doesn’t take long for that faith to be rewarded.


Guardians Of The Galaxy’s Dave Bautista Could Have A Significant Role In Avengers 3

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Guardians of the GalaxyNow that Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is officially the highest grossing movie of the year, at least for now (we’ll be surprised if The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 doesn’t usurp the throne, even with the cumbersome title), it begs the question of what’s next? We already know that Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is scheduled to arrive July 28, 2017, but given the comic book studio’s penchant for mixing and matching characters in their films, much like they do in their comics, you know that these characters are going to show up other place. After all, what the hell is the point of having fantastic characters like these (outlaw, assassin, maniac, talking raccoon, talking tree) if you’re not going get some mileage out of them? And now we may know a part of what the future may hold for Dave Bautista’s Drax the Destroyer.

According to a few reports making the rounds, the big blue, literal-minded madman will have a sizeable role in Avengers 3. There is word that he is restructuring his contract with Marvel, likely due to the massive success of Guardians, and while there is no word on what his role in that particular film might be, it is referred to as “significant.”


Star Trek Looks Incredible In A Widescreen Cinerama Presentation

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Star TrekLike most shows in TV history, Star Trek was boxed into the standard 4×3 aspect ratio. It wasn’t until recently, with the popular advent of widescreen TVs and a more cinematic approach that the medium, more and more, began to resemble its theatrical counterpart. This is also a damn shame, because with its unusual sets and settings, ample action, and bright, vivid color scheme, Star Trek would have looked awesome in a more cinema-style, widescreen format. But one intrepid fan, emboldened by the brave, trail-blazing attitude of his favorite show, embarked on a mission to see what the series would look like presented in such a manner, and the results are just as fantastic as you could have hoped.

Artist Nick Acosta is responsible for these (check out his website for even more) stunning images, and looking at them really makes you wish you could get your hands on a widescreen version of the original run of Gene Roddenberry’s groundbreaking series. It would have broken even more barriers than it already did if the episodes had been presented in such a manner. Maybe we would have gotten wider TVs even earlier.